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2010 News/Business. (2010) President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the nation. (CC) (Stereo)

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  FOX    State of the Union    2010  News/Business.  (2010) President Barack  
   Obama addresses Congress and the nation. (CC) (Stereo)  

    January 27, 2010
    9:00 - 10:30pm EST  

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♪ >> and good evening from washington. i'm shepard smith. we are just moments away from president obama's state of the union on fox. the president expected to walk in the chamber in 90 second said -- seconds. the two-thirds of the president's address will focus on the president's economy. there is doublit unemployment and soaring deficit. president obama will speak to the correct political divide in dc. according to the excerpts of the speech released the president will say there is deep and corosive doubts about how washington works.
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on health care, the president is to urge congress to keep pushing for reform and not walk away from the americans who need medical coverage and care. of course, this speech falls in a shadow of a changing political landscape. one that has seen his poll numbers fall and parties lose senate seats. he will change his agenda and abandon big spending plans. we'll hear from governor from virginia bob mcdonnell. tonight he has a chance to change the tone of the nation and quiet the critics and maybe breathe new life in his agenda. it will all come down to what he says and how he speaks. tonight the speech will be 1:15 including time for applause. many more we'll see the faces
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we recognize. president obama is set to enter the house of representatives to speak to congress and the american people. chris wallace will join us to discuss what the president had to say and the reaction there to. the first lady as we look at her box tonight. >> chuck, you and i were among the reporters that sat down and had lunch with the president today. he gave us an outline of his thinking as he delivers an important speech. he flatly rejects the idea of relaunching the administration or rezap things. on the other hand, he is cognizant in the wake of the stunning defeat in massachusetts where scott brown beat the government cand date he needs to reconnect with the american people. it is policy and -- tend to policy. i think he understands that people believe the polls are not as interested in health
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care reform but not as the economy and jobs and getting people back to works. fully two-thirds of the speech is getting people back to work and deal with a deficit and get down multitrillion deficits. he has been particanting in building up. he is keenly aware on change. he is supposed to change the way washington does business. because of all of the ugliness of the legislative process with health care, he was an inside player and involved in some of the deals. now he is quicking back where they made a special deal with senator of nebraska to get his vote . the deal with union members so they would be subject to tax on health care plans. he wants to reestablish the connection and change the way
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washington does business -- in summary he will say i understand i had built down my political capitol and needs to reestablish that tonight. >> it was off the cable news channel and network, this was off the record. but characterizing the tone in one which president obama would prefer to be oust washington more than he is already is fair. he alluded to a trip he took. when i was out on the campaign trail, i spent a year in iowa. i did it. i understand your problems and understand your pain. the president seems to think that one of the things that the people don't understand he hasn't lost touch with that. he wants to be back out more often. we can expect to see the president out selling the ideas. as chris mentioned it is not
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obama 2.0. there is no resetting the agenda but change the tone in washington and allow the people to realize that even though the president has little control over the jobs lost in the country, there is no manualic wand to raise. the president knows the american people are sufying and economic numbers are lagging. and now the announcement of the president entering the room.
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>> madam speaker, the president of the united states. [cheers and applause] >> the people standing along in many cases have been there a long time to get them and we'll hear the banter for the president and see them interacting and so while we can we'll listen. [cheers and applause]
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[cheers and applause] >> chris, i have heard his demeanor characterized in a number of ways. that is conjectory thing. as we sat down at the table with the president in the white house, he seemed relaxed and took his coat off and invited everybody else to do that. i realize we have had hard times. we hope they might have gone in recent months. to say he was anything less than deflated over the idea of
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a health care reform loss which clearly he h. the person he gave a warm welcome is tim geithner, the treasury secretary. that interesting, geithner was on capitol hill getting a roasting not only from the republicans in congress but also from the democrats . so he was running the new york fed of the aig, got roasted and some people suggested that he should step down. i don't think it is just a coincidence that the president gave him a hug and a particular whisper and few words here in washington, we view that he still backs this man. the he has the white house's strong support. one thing that will help our viewers tonight. as you watch it, there is an aisle down the middle of the house chamber. all democrat on the left side of the chamber as you look at the president. the republicans will be on the
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right side and when he says something that seems to be favoring the democrat they will stand up and cheer and he said a few things that the republicans will agree with they will stand up and cheer and close as we get to the parlimentary system of house of commons. one party on one side and one party on the other. that's part of the fun of the evening. >> let's listen as they announce him one more time. announce him one more time. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause]
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>> the speech will be delivered and peeker of the house nancy pelosi. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. [cheers and applause] house speaker nancy pelosi as many know that the president is pushing for a spending freeze. we'll have details on that message of discretionary spending. the speaker of the house wanted to freeze defense spending. it is interesting to watch. there is infighting on the party on capitol hill. >> thank you, >> there is tension between him and the
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congressional leaders and house and senate. tonight, the task at hand, unite and recreate and make the american people know he understands. let's listen. >> thank you. thank you. [applause] >> madam speaker, vice-president biden, members of congress, distingished guests and fellow americans. our constitution declares from time to time, the president shall give congress information about the state of our union. for 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. in periods of prosperity and tranquility and midst of the war and moments of great strife and great struggle.
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it is tempting to look back on these moments and assume that our progress was inevitable and that america was always distinned to succeed. but when the union was turned back in bull run and allies first landed in omaha beach, victory was very much in doubt. when the market crashed on black tuesday and civil rights marches were beaten on bloody sunday, the future was anything but certain. these were the times that tested the courage of our convictions and the strength of our union . despite all of our divisions and disagreements, our hesitations and our fears, america prevailed because we chose to move forward as one nation, as one people. again, we are tested. and again, we must answer history's call.
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one year ago, i took office amid two wars and economy rocked by a revere - severe recession. economy on the brink much collapse and deep in debt. experts said if we did not act we might face a second depression . so we acted. immediately and aggressively . one year later, the worst of the storm has passed. but the devastation remains. one in 10 americans still cannot find work. many businesses have shuttered, home values have declined, small towns in rural communities have been hit especially hard . for those who had already known poverty, life has become that much harder. this recession has compounded
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the burdens that america's families have been dealing with for decades. the burden of working harder and longer for less. of being unable to save enough to retire and help kids with college. so i know the anxieties that are out there right now. they are not new. these struggles are the reason i ran for president. these struggles are what i witnessed for years in places like elkhart, indiana and illinois. i hear about them in the letters that i read each night. the toughest to read are those written by children asking why they have to move from their home? asking when their mom and dad will be able to go back to work? for these americans and so many others, change has not come fast enough.
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some are frustrated and some are angry. they don't understand why it seems like bad behavior on wall street is reward hard work on main street isn't. or why washington is unable or unwilling to solve all of our problems. they are tired of the partisanship and shouting and pettiness. they know we can't afford it. not now. so we face big and difficult challenges . what the american people hope, what they deserve is for all of us, democrats and republicans to work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics. for while the people who sent us here have different backgrounds and different stories and different beliefs, the anxieties they face are the same.
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the aspirations that they hold are sheer. a job to pay the bills and a chance to get ahead and most of all the ability to give their children a better life . you know what else they share? they share a stubborn resilence in the face of adversity. they remain busy building cars and teaching kids and starting businesss and going back to school. they are coaching little league and helping their numbers. one woman wrote to me and said we are strained, but hopeful. struggling but encouraged. it is because of this spirit, this great decency and great strength that i have never been more hopeful about america's future than i am tonight. tonight. [applause]
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despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we do not allow fear or division to break our spirit. in this new decade it is time that the american people get a government that matches their decency and embodies their strength. [applause] and tonight, tonight, i would like to talk about how together we can deliver on that promise. it begins with our economy.
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our most urgent, our most urgent task upon taking office was to shore up the same banks that helped to cause this crisis. it was not easy to do . if there is one thing that has unified democrat and republicans and everybody in between is that we all hated the bank bailout. [applause] >> i hated it. [applause] i hated it. i hated it, you hated it. it was popular as a root canal. but when i ran for president, i promised that i wouldn't just do what was popular. i would do what was necessary. and if we had allowed the melt down of the financial system, unemployment might be double what it is today. more businesses would certainly have closed.
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more homes would surely have been lost. so i supported the last administration's efforts to create the financial rescue program and when we took that program over, we made it more transparent and more accountable . as a result the markets are now stabilized and we recoveried most of the mon hewe spent on the banks. [applause] -- monep spent on the banks. [applause] most but not all. to recover the rest, i proposed the fee on the biggest banks. [applause] now i know wall street is not keen on this idea but if these firms can afford to hand out big bonuses again, they can afford a modest fee to pay
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back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need. [cheers and applause] now as we stabilized the financial system we also took step to get our economy growing again, save as many jobs as possible and help americans who had become unemployed. that's why we extended and increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million americans and made health insurance 65 percent cheaper through cobra and passed 25 different tax cuts. now, let me repeat, we cut taxes for 95 percent of the working families. we cut taxes for small
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businesses, we cut taxes for first-time home buyers. we cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children. we cut taxes for 8 million americans paying for college. [applause] i thought i would get some applause on that one. [laughing] [applause] as a result, as a result millionings of americans had more to spend on gas and food and other necessits, all of which helpeds keep more workers . and we haven't raised income
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taxes by a single dime on a single person. not a single dime. [applause] now, because of the steps that we took, there are about two million americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed. [applause] 200,000 work in construction and clean energy, 300,000, are teachers and education workers. tens of thousands are cops, firefighters and correctional officers first responders. [applause] and we are on track to add 1 and half million jobs to this total by the end of the year. the plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts, to the jobs, is the recovery act. [applause] that's right.
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the recovery act. also known as the stimulus bill. [applause] economist on the left and right say that the bill helped to save jobs and avert disaster. you don't have to take their word for it talk to the small business in phoenix that will triple its business because of the recovery act. talk to the window manufacturer in philadelphia who used to be skeptical about the recovery act until he had to add two more work shifts because of the business it created. talk to the single teacher raising two kids told by the principal in the last week of school, because of the recoverianth she wouldn't be laid off at all. there are stories like this all across america and after
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two years of recession, the economy is growing again. retirement funds have start to gain back some of their value. businesses are beginning to invest again and slowly some are starting to hire again. but i realize that for every success story, there are other stories of men and women who wake up with the anguish of not knowing where the next paycheck will come from and accepted out resumes week after week and hear nothing in response. that is why jobs must be our number one focus in 2010 and that's why i am calling for a new job bill tonight. [applause]
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now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be america's businesses. [applause] i agree. but government can create the conditions necessary for business to expand and hire more workers. we should start where most new jobs do, in small businesses, companies that begin when -- companies that begin when an entrepreneur, when an entrepreneur takes a chance on a dream or a worker decides it is time she became her own boss. through sheer grit and determination, the companies have weathered the recession
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and are ready to grow. but you talk to small business owners in pennsylvania or ohio, you find out that even though banks on wall street are lending again, they are mostly lending to bigger companies. financing remains difficult for small business owners across the country, even those who are making a profit. so tonight, i am proposing that we take 30 billion dollars of the money that wall street banks repaid and help community barving're banks give small business the credit they need to stay afloat. [applause] i am also proposing a new small business tax credit, one that will go to over one million small business that is
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hire new workers or raise wages. [applause] while we are at it, let's also eliminate small capitol gains on small business investments and tax incentives on large and small business to invest in new equipment. [applause] next, we can put americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow. [applause] from the first railroads to the interstate highway system, our nation has been built to compete. there's no reason that europe or china should have the fastest trains ors new factories that manufacture
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clean energy products. tomorrow, i visit tampa, florida where workers will soon break ground on a high speed rail system from the recovery act. there are projects like that that will create jobs and help to move our nation's goods and services and information. [applause] we should put more americans to work building clean energy facilities and give -- and give rebates to americans who make their homes more energy efficient . we support clean energy jobs and can on encourage these and other business to stay within our borders, it is time to slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas and give tax breaks to companies that give jobs here in the united states of
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america. [applause] now the house has passed a job's bill that included some of these steps. [applause] as the first order of business this year, i urged the senate to do the same and i know they will. [applause] people are out of the work, they're hurting and they need our help . i want a job's bill on my desk without delay. [applause] but, but the truth is, these steps will not make up for the senmillion jobs that we lost over the last two years.
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the only way to move to full employment is to lay a new foundation for long-term economic growth . finally address the problems that america's families have confronted for years. we can't afford a so-called economic expansion like the one from the last decade. what some call the lost decade, where jobs grew more slowly than any prior expansion and the income of the average american household declined and the cost of the health care and tuition reached reader highs. prosperity was built on a housing bubble and financial speculation. from the day i took office, i have been told that addressing our larger challenges is too ambitious. such an effort would be too contentous. i am told our political system is too grid locked and we should just put things on hold
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for a while. for those who make these claims, i have one simple question: how long should we wait? how long should america put its future on hold in [applause] you see - on you see washington has been telling us to wait for decades. even as the problems have grown worse. china is not waiting to revamp its commempt germany is not waiting. india is not waiting. these nations are not standing still. these nations are not playing for second place. they are putting more emphasis on math and science and rebuilding their infrastructure and making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs. well, i do not accept second place for the united states of america. [applause]
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as hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentous as the debates may become, it is time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering our growth. now one place to start is serious financial reform. look, i am not interested in punishing banks. i am interested in protecting our economy. a strong healthy financial market makes it possible for
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business to acess credit and create new jobs and channels the savings of familis and investments that raise incomes. but that can only happen if we guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy . we need to make sure consummers and middle class families have the information they need to make financial decisions. we can't allow financial institutions, including those who take your deposits to take risks that threaten the whole economy . the house has passed financial reform with many of the changes . -- [applause] and the lobbyist are trying to kill it. but we cannot let them win this fight . if the bill that ends up on my desk does not meet the test of the real reform. i will send it back until we get it right. we got to get it right. [applause]
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next, we need to encourage american innovation. last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funning in history. an investment -- [applause] >> an investment that could lead to the cheaper solar cells and treatment that kills cancer cells and leaves healthy ones untouched. and no area is ripe for such innovation than energy. you can see the result was last year's investments in clean energy in the north carolina company that will create are be you jobs nationwide helping to make advance batteries or in the california business that puts a thousand people to work making solar panels. but to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need
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more production, more efficiency and incentives. that means building a new generation of safe, clean power plants in this country. [applause] it means making tough decisions about new off shore areas for oil and gas development. [applause] it means continued investment on biofuels and clean coal technologies. [applause] and yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and
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climate bill with incentives to finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in america. [applause] i'm grateful for the house for passing such a bill last year and this year, this year i am eager to help advance the bipartisan effort in the senate. [applause] i know there've been questions about whether we can afford such change in a tough economy. i know there are those who disagree with the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change. but -- but, here's the thing. even if you doubt the evidence, providing incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy are the right thing to do for our future because the nation that leads
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the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy and america must be that nation. must be that nation. [applause] third, we need to export more of our goods. [applause] because the more products we make and sell to other countries, the more jobs we support right here in america. [applause] but tonight we set a new goal. we'll double our exports in the next five years and increase that supports two million jobs in america. [applause]
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to help meet this goal, we're launching a national export initiative to helpers and small businesses increase their exports and reform export controls consistent with national security. [applause] we have to seek new markets aggressively, as our competittors are. if america sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we'll lose the chance to create jobs on our showers. [applause] -- shores. [applause] but, realizing those benefits also means enforcing those agreements so our trading partners play by the rules.
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[applause] and that's why we'll continue to shape a trade agreement that opens global markets and strengthen our trade relations in asia and key partners like south korea and panama and columbia. [applause] fourth, we need to invest in the skills and education of our people. now this year, this year we have broken through the stale mate by launching a national competition to improve your schools. the idea is simple. instead of rewarding failure, we only reward success. instead of funding the status quo. we only invest in reform.
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reform that raises student achieve inspires student to excel in math and science and turns around failing schools that steal the future of too many young americans from rural communities to the cities. in the 21st century best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education. [applause] and in this country, the success of our children cannot depend on where they live than their potential. when we renew the elementary and secondary education act we'll have congress sunday it to all 50 states. still a high school diploma
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doesn't guarantee a good job. that's why we need a bill to revitalize our community colleges that are a career path way of children of so many working families. [applause] to make college more affordable, this bill will finally end the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that goes to bank for student loans. instead let's take that money and give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college and increase pel grants. [applause] and let's tell another one million students when they graduate, they will be required to pay 10 percent of the income on student loans
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and all of their debt will be forbegin after 20 years and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service. because in the united states of america no one should go broke because they chose to go to college. [applause] and by the way, it's time for college and universities to get serious about cutting their own costs, because they have a responsibility to help solve this problem. now, the price of college tuition is one of the burdens facing the middle class. that's why last year, i asked vice-president biden to chair a task force on middle class families. that's why we are nearly doubling the child care tax credit and making it easy tore save for retirement by giving acess to worker retirement act and nest egg. that's why we are working to
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lift the value of a family's single largest investment, their home. the steps we on took allowed millions of americans to take out new loans and save average of $15,000 on mortgage payments. this year we'll step up payments so homeowners can get more affordable home mortgages. it is precisely to relieve the burden on middle class families that we still need health insurance reform. [applause] yes, we do. now, let's clear a few things
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up. [laughing] i didn't choose to tackle this issue to get some legislative victory under my belt and by now it should be fairly obvious i didn't take on health care because it was good politicings. [laughing] i took on health care because of the stories i have heard from americans with preexisting conditions, whose lives depend on getting good coverage. patients who have been denied coverage . familis and even those with insurance who are one illness away from financial ruin. after nearly a century of trying, democratic administrations and republican administrations we are closer than ever to bringing more security to lives of so many americans . the approach we have taken
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would protect every american from the worst practices of the insurance industry. it would give small businesss and uninsured americans a chance to choose affordable health care plan in a competitive market. it would require every insurance health care plan to cover. i want to acknowledge our first lady michelle obama who is tackle childhood obesity and making it a priority. thank you. [applause] she gets embarrassed. [laughing] and our approach would give
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americans to have their doctors and plans and reduce premium for millions of familis and businesses . according to the congressional budget office and independent organization that both parties cited has official score keeper for congress our budget would bring it down over a trillion in the next two decades. [applause] still, this is a complex issue. and the longer it was debated, the more skeptical people became. i take my share of the blame for not explaining it more clearly to the american people . i know that with all of the lobby and horse trading, the process left most americans wondering what is in it for me? but i also know this problem is not going away.
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by the time i am finished speaking tonight, more americans will have lost their health insurance. millions will lose it this year. our deficit will grow. premiums will go up. patients will be denied the care they need. small business owners will continue to drop coverage altogether. i will not walk away from these americans and neither should the people in this chamber. [applause] >> so, as temperatures cool, i want everyone to take another look at the plan we proposed. there is a reason why many doctors, nurses and health care experts that know our
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system best consider this approach a vast improvement over the status quo. but if anyone from either party has a better approach to bring down the premiums and bring down the deficit and cover the uninsured anden medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know, let me know. let me know. [applause] i am eager to see it. here's what i asked congress though. don't walk away from reform. not now, not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. [applause] let's get it done. let's get it done.
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[applause] now even as health care reform would reduce our deficit it is not enough to dig ourselves out of a massive hole we find ourselves. it is a challenge that makes others harder to solve and one that is subject to a lot of political posturing. we'll start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. in the beginning of the last decade, year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over 200 billion dollars. [applause] by the time i took office, we had a one year deficit of over one trillion dollars and projected deficits of 8 trillion over the next decade.
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most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive drug program. on top of that, the affects of the recession put a three trillion dollar hole in our budget. all of this was before i walked in the door. now -- [applause] now, now, let's hear the facts. if we had taken office in ordinary times, i would have liked nothing more than to stop bringing down the deficit. we took office amid a crisis and our efforts to prevent a second depression have added another trillion dollars to the debt. that, too, is a fact.
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i am absolutely convinced that was the right thing to do. but families across the countries are tightening their belt making dove decision. and the federal government should do the same. [applause] so tonight, i am proposing specific steps to pay for the trillion dollars that it took to rescue the economy last year. starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years. [applause] spending related to our national security, medicare, medicaid and social security will not be affected. but all other discretionary
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government programs will. like any cash-strapped family we'll work within a budget to invest with what we need and sacrifice what we don't. if i have to enforce this by line veto, i will. [applause] we will continue to go through the budget line by line, page by page to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work. we have already identified 25 billion in savings for next year. to help working families, we'll extend our middle class tax cuts but in a time of record deficits, we'll not continue tax cuts for oil companies and investment fund managers and those making over $250,000 a year. we can't afford it.
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[applause] now, even after paying for what we spend on my watch, we'll still face the massive deficit when i took office. more importantly the cost of medicare and medicaid and social security will continue to sky rocket. that's why i am called for a bipartisan fiscal commission modeled on a proposal by republican judd gregg and democrat tim conway. this can't be one of those washington gimmick that is lets us pretend we solved the program. the commission will have to provide a specific set of the solutions by a certain deadline. yesterday, the senate balked a bill that would have created the commission. i issued an executive order that allowsitous go forward, i refuse to pass the problem on to another generation of america. [applause]
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and when the vote comes tomorrow, the senate should restore the pay as you go law that was a big reason why we had record surpluses in the 1990s . [applause] now, i know that some in my own party will argue we can't address the deficit or freeze government spending when so many are still hurting . i agree which is why the freeze will not take affect until next year when the economy is stronger. that's how budgeting works. [laughing]
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but understand, understand that if we don't take meaningful step to reign in our debt, it can damage our markets and increase the cost of the borrow and that could have a worse affect on our job growth and family next. for some on the right i suspect we'll hear a different argument. we make fewer investment in the people and extend tax cut to wealthier americans and eliminate regulation and maintain status quo on health care our deficits will go away. the problem is, that's what we did for eight years. [applause] that's what helped us into this crisis. that's what helped tod lead to the deficits and we can't do
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it again. rather than fight the same tired battles that dominated washington for decades. it is time to try something new. let's invest in our people without leaving them in the debt . try responsibility to the citizens that sent us here and let's try common sense. a novel concept. to do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now. we face a deficit of the trust. deep and corrosive doubts about how washington works that have been growing for years. to close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of pennsylvania avenue. terk lim nais the size of lobbyist and work openly and give the people the government they deserve.
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[applause] that's what i came it washington to do. that's why for the first time in history, my administration posts on our white house visitors on line. that's why we've excluded lobbyist for policy making jobs and seats on board making decisions. but we can't stop there, it is time to require lobbyist to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my administration or with congress. it is time to put strict limits that the contributions lobbyist give candidates for federal office. with all due deverence last week supreme court reversed a century of law that will open the flood gates for special interests including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.
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mause plause i don't think american elections should be bankroll would by america's most powerful interest or worse by foreign enities. they should be decided by the american people and i would urge democrats and republicans to pass a bill to help create some of the problems. i am calling on congress to continue down the path of earmark reform. [applause] democrats and republicans. democrats and republicans, you trim some of the spending, you've embraced some meaningful change, but restoring the public trust
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demands more. energy, some members of congress post earmark requests on line. tonight, i am calling on congress to publish all earmark requests on a single website before there is a vote so that the american people can see how their money is being spent. [applause] of course, none much these reforms will even happen if we don't also reform how we work with one another. now, i am not naive. i never thought my election would bring in peace and harmony . i knew both parties have divisions that are entrenched and some issues there are
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fisov - philosophical divisions. the role of government and national prioritis and national security, they have been taking place over 200 years and the essence was our democracy. but what frustrates the american people is a washington where every day is election day. we can't wage a perpetual campaign where the only goal is to see who can get the most embarrassing headline about the other side. a belief that if you lose, i win. neither party should delay or obstruct every single bill just because they can. the confirmation. [applause] i am speaking to both parties now. the confirmation of well qualified public servant shouldn't be held hostage to
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few individual senators. [applause] washington may think that saying anything about the other side, no matter how false, no matter how malicious is just part of the game. but it is precisely such politics that stopped either party from helping the american people. worse yet. worst yet it is sowing further distrust in our government. so no, i will not give up. i am trying to change the tone of our politics. i know it is an election year and after last week it is clear that campaign fever has come earlier than usual. but we still need to govern. the democrats, i would mind
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you we have the largest majority . people expect us to solve problems and not run for the hills. [applause] and if the republican leadership is going to insist that 60 votes in the senate are require to do any business at all in this town, a super majority, the responsibility to gochern is yours as well just say no may be good short-term politics but it is not leadership. we were sent here to serve our citizens and not our ambitions. so let's show the american
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people we can do it together. this week. this week, i will be addressing a meeting of the house of republicans. i would like to begin monthly meetings with republican and democratic leadership. i know you can't wait. that's right -- notice issue than united this country more than our security. sadly some of the unity we felt after 9/11 has disapated. we can argue all we want for who is to blame for but i am not interested in relitigating the past. i know that all of us love this country. all of us are committed to its defense. so let's put aside the school yard talks about who is tough and reject the false choice
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between protecting our people and upholding our values and leave behind the fear and division and do what it take to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for america and for the world. america and for the world. [applause] that's the work we began last year. since the day i took office, we renewed our focus on the terrorist that threatened our nation . we made substantial investments in homeland security and disrupted plots that threatened american lives. we are filling unacceptable gaps revealed by the failed christmas attack with better airline security and swifter action on your intelligence.
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we have prohibited torture - and strengthened partnerships from the pacific tasia and the arabian peninsula . last year hundreds of al qaeda affiliates have been killed far more than in 2008. in afghanistan, we are increasing our troop training afghan security forces so they can begin to take the lead in july 2011 and our troops can begin to come home. [applause] >> we will reward the governors that reduce corruption and support rights of all afghans, men and women alike. [applause] we are joined by allis and partners who increased their own commitments and will come together in london tomorrow to reaffirm our common purpose. there will be difficult days
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ahead, but i am absolutely confident we will succeed. as we take the fight to al qaeda, we are responsibly leaving iraq to its people. as a candidate, i promised that i would end this war . that's what i am doing as president. we will have all of our combat troops out of iraq by the end of this august. we will support -- [applause] we will support the iraqi government, we will support the iraqi government as they hold elections and we will continue to partner with the iraqi people to promote regional peace and prosperity. but make no mistake, this war is ending and all of our troops are coming home. [applause]
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tonight, all of our men and women in uniform, in iraq, in afghanistan and around the world, they have to know that we, that they have our respect, our gratitude and our full support. and just as they must have the resources they need in war, we all have a responsibility to support them when they come home. home. [applause] that's why we made the largest increase in investments for veterans in decades last year.
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[applause] that's why we are building a 21st century va and that's why michelle is joined with jill biden to forge a national commitment to support military families. [applause] and even as we prosecute two wars. we are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the american people. the threat of nuclear weapons. i embraced the vision of john cend extend ronald reagan to reverse the strategy of the weapons and seek a world without them . reduce our stock piles and
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launches and insuring our deterrent, the united states and russia are completing negotiations on the fartherest reaching arm's controls treaty in nearly two decades. [applause] and in april's nuclear security summit we'll bring 44 nation said together here in washington d.c. behind a clear goal securing all vulnerable nuclear material around the world in four years so they may never fall in the hands of terrorist. [applause] and these diplomatic efforts have strengthen our hand in dealing with these nations who insist on violating pursuit of nuclear weapons. that's why north korea faces increased isolation ands, sanctions that are vigorously
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enforce. international community is more unite iran is isolated. there is no doubt they will face growing consequences. that is a promise. [applause] that's the leadership we are providing. engagement, advances the common security and prosperity of all people. working through the g-20 to sustain a global lasting recovery. we are working with muslim communities to promote science and education and innovation. we have gone from a bystander to the leader in fight in climate change. helping countries to feed themselves and helping to continue the fight against hiv-aids. we are launching a new initiative to give the
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capacitiy to respond faster and effective to bioterrorism or inous disease. a plan to counter threats at home and strengthen public health abroad. as we have for over 60 years, america takes actions because our destiny is connected to those beyond our shores. we also do it because it is right. that's why as we meet here tonight over 10,000 americans are working with many nations to help the people of hatet to -- haiti to recover and rebuild. [applause] that's why we stand with the girl who yearns to go to school in afghanistan and support the human rights of
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the women marching through the streets of iran and advocate the young man denied a job in new guiny. for america must stand on the side of human freedom and dignity. always. [applause] abroad, america's greatest source of strength is always been our ideas. same is true at home. the we find unity in our incredible diversity and drawing on promise and constitution. the notion that we are all created equal and no matter who you are and what you look like. if you abide by the law you should be protected by it if you adhere to the common values, you should be treated
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no different than anyone else. we must continuually renew this promise. my administration has a civil right's division that is once again prosecuting civil right's violation and employment discrimination. we finally strengthened. [applause] we finally strengthened our laws to protect crimes driven by hate. this year -- [applause] this year i will work with congress and our military to finally repel the law that denies gay americans to serve the country they love because of who they are. it is the right thing to do. mause plause we are going to crack down onvilles of equal pay laws so that women get equal pay on
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equal days work. [applause] and we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system that secure our borders and enforce our laws and insure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation. [applause] >> in the end, it is our ideals and values that built america. values that allowed us to forge a nation made up of immigrants from every corner of the globe. values that drive citizens still. every day, americans meet their responsibilities to their familis and their
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employers, time and again, they lend a hand to their neighbors and give back to their country. they take pride in their labor and generous in spirit. these are not republican values or democratic values that they are living by. business values or labor values. they are american values. unfortunately too many of our citizens have lost faith that our biggest institutions, our corporations, our media and yes, our government still reflect the same values. each of these institutions are full of honorable men and women doing important work that helps our country prosper. but each time a ceo rewars himself for failure, or a banker puts the rest of the us at risk for his own selfish gain, peoples doubt grow .
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each time lobbyist gain the system or politicians tear each other down instead of lifting the country up, we lose faith. the more that tv pundits reduce serious debates to serious arguments and big issues in the sounted - sound bites, our citizens turn away. no wonder there is so much sinanism out there and so much disappointment. i campaigned on a promise of change. change we can believe in, the slogan went. and right now i know there are many americans who are not sure they believe we can change or that i can deliver. but remember this, i never suggested that change would be easy or that i could do it alone. democracy in a nation of 300
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million people can be noisy and messy and complicated. when you try to do big things and make changes it stirs passion and controversy. that's just how it is. those of us in public office can respond to this reality by play safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers, we can do what is necessary to keep our poll numbers high and get through the next election instead of doing what is best for the next generation. but i also know this. that people who made that decision 50 years ago or 100 years ago or 200 years ago, we wouldn't be here tonight. the only reason we are here is because generations of americans were unafraid to do what was hard.
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to do what was needed even when success was uncertain. to do what it took to keep the dream of this nation alive for their children and their grandchildren. our administration has had political set backs this year. some of them were deserved. but i wake up every day knowing that they are nothing compared to the set backs that families all across the country have faced this year. and what keeps me going, what keeps me fighting is despite all of the set backs, that spirit of determination and optism that fundmental decency that has been at the core of the american people, that lives on. it lives on in the struggling
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small business owner who wrote to me of his company. none much us he said are willing to consider even slightly that we might fail. it lives on in the woman who said that even though she and her neighbors felt the pain of recession, we are strong, we are resilient, we are american. it lives on in the 8 year old boy in louisiana who just sent me his alawance and asked if i would give it to the people of haiti . and it lives on in all of the americans who dropped everything to go someplace they have never been and pull people they have never known from the rubble, prompting chance of usa, usa. usa. when another life was saved.
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the spirit that has sustained this nation for more than two centuries lives on in you. its people. we have finished a difficult year. we have come through a difficult decade. but a new year has come. a new decade stretches before us. we don't quit. i don't quit. [applause] let's seize this moment to start anew and car the dream forward and trenthen our union once more. thank you, and god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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president obama delivering his state of the union address to a joint session of congress and shepard smith with chris wallace in washington d.c. as we await the republican reponce. your thoughts. >> you know shepard, i thought this speech was framed by two election. the election a week ago tuesday when the democrats suffered a humiliating defeat with scott brown in massachusetts and much more in november when all of the house and a third of the senators will face election and the democratic majority and both houses will be in great jeopardy. it was a peach by a president who was really concerned that the democrats in washington were losing touch with the country and he was desperately
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trying to bridge that. he didn't talk about health care reform for the first half of the speech and not until 30 minutes in. he was all about jobs and all about the economy and we just pointed that out. ted kennedy's son. there. he talked about jobs and economy for the first part of the speech. he wrapped it in a way. he talked about energy. he wanted climate change and talked about more drilling off shore and more nuclear power plants and talked about jobs and he started by talking about business assessment . all business and small business being the engine of job creation and then he got into works. you saw him talking about process and the idea he was
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elected as change gage and change you can believe in and he was trying to reassure the american people despite all of the negotiations that i got involved with, with the health care bill. i am still devoted to commitment to change and will do everything i can to accomplish that. >> we'll have the republican response and the governor of the common wealth of virginia deliver that shortly after five minutes after the president leaves the room . then we'll get to our correspondant.
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shannon your thoughts. >> we get reaction and we expect the reactions are already drafted before the president speaks the words. we talked to senator john corny he is making sure the republicans get elected to the senate. he said this is a great order. he has a gift and doesn't have a problem with communication. but has a problem with credibility. he is not connecting with what the american people treat most about with terrorist suspects and things like that. top republican on the senate finance committee. the president talked about change and people wanted change in washington. we didn't want him to change america. senator grassley responding to the changes. on the don't and, don't tell. mixed reaction. human rights campaign are happy he talked about that
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publicly tonight. but senator mccain thinks we are repealing it. >> hanon green live from the rotunda. we'll speak with a republican on this party. kind enough to join us from the white house is the president's senior advisor david axelrod who is advisor to him. he's on capitol hill tonight. as i mentioned, the president. david it is good to see you and thank you. >> happy to be here. >> thank you. the president spoke repeatedly of measures that require bipartisan support. is it your sense that bipartisan support will be forth come if so how will we get it? >> i can't predict. i certainly hope and i think the american people are hoping. that is one message i hear from everywhere in the country. one, republicans and democrat worked in the past to solve
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problems. they don't want grid lock. first year we didn't get from the republican side. that will chank. one discouraging note was yesterday with we tried to pass a binding at that timatory fiscal commission. we had seven votes and republicans that sponsored the bill in the past and walked away from it. maybe we can start anew. >> david, has it been your sense with those in the administration that the president and all of the president's men and women for that matter had lost touch with the people and this a beginning of an attempt to tell the american people we feel your pain and work hard to aleviate it >> no, the
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president talked about these issues from the moment he ran for office. people who work hard every day and meet responsibilities. and it is a fundmental challenge for this country and fundmental concern for the president and exacerbated by the recession that began in 2007. obviously that is devitating feature. but the truth is. this is a long term problem. we want to grow the economy and jobs and wages . based on economic security for the middle class. >> we'll be hearing from the republicans in the virginia state house. our viewers are seeing that on the screen as they are gathering. david axelrod before you get away. much of the speech in the
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current proposal in washington the president made it clear that he is not abandoning health care. in fact far from it. you think he will find a partner in the new senator in massachusetts? >> one would hope. there is support for the massachusetts plan which is what we are trying to do nationally. the people who vote in the election in which senator brown was elected they supported the plan as he want ises the plan. they want to work with us on this and other issues. we are willing partners and looking forward to talking to him about it. >> what is going to happen in the republican retreat? david axelrod the president is to address them? >> the president is going to tell them, you can stand on the sidelines as you did in year one or join me in year two and show the country we will work together to solve
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problems. as he said in the peach, he wants republicans and democratic leadership . we'll try to solve the problems. our responsibility is to invite that help and their responsibility is to respond in a way that the country hopes they will. we haven't seen it so far. we hope we will in the coming year. david axelrod senior - advisor to the president in the white house. thank you very much. >> thank you very having me. >> on the right hand side of the screen. the state house in the common wealth of virginia in which governor mcdonnell is to speak. it is a site similar to that of the president. >> you may remember last year bobby gendle governor o